Teaching & Learning Web "The Horse" concept

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The idea for building the teaching and learning web concept originated on the occasion of the new national complementary subject for vocational schools, "Technik & Umwelt" (T&U) (as of 2015), at the Berufsmittelschule of the commercial college Wirtschaftsschule KV Wetzikon (wkvw.ch). The concept forms a basis for applied learning methods «bili» (bilingual education), interdisciplinary teaching (IDAF) and cross-curricular competences according to the new curriculum (Kantonaler (ZH) Lehrplan, mba.zh.ch).

Concept's main elements

"The Horse"

A closed working and interaction environment for student work and exchange. Each student has his/her own account. Works on any device.

dontwastemy.energy - energy and environment questions were answered by student research teams from different countries.
Project website

A publicly accessible website with contributions (projects) of student teams: dontwastemy.energy

Visit the our association website with 'The Horse' concept
THE ! association – "The Horse" association

The association is the home of "The Horse" concept since its foundation in September 2018 in Zurich, Oerlikon. The aim is to facilitate cross-border collaboration projects on environmental topics and to spread the idea worldwide, to support, promote and accompany special projects, learners and teachers in a targeted manner.
Association website: THE ! association

News I hot !

Interactive project map
We have a new map where cross-border and cross-cultural projects are visible. We use OpenStreetMap, which is wonderful for this (privacy, Open Database License).
"The Horse" Projektkarte  [May 31, 2022]

Global collaborations 21/22
Valuable new projects from as many parts of the globe as ever are currently available to discover at dontwastemy.energy! Some are still in progress.  [May 31, 2022]

Statistics dontwastemy.energy
The "The Horse" concept bears fruit! From 1 January to 30 May 2022, an average of 9562 wonderful visitors per month visited our website!  [May 31, 2022]

Wikipedia preview box
We have created a new tool/feature for the project & working websites that supports information retrieval. It's easy to use in other websites and Open Source.
Project website »
[December 01 2021]

Flyers, members, payment services
Flyers have been printed and are being distributed to recruit members;
Become a member! - There are new rules;
New payment systems for donations & fees: Credit Card, QR Invoice and TWINT [November 09 2021]

Beautiful new projects to discover!!
For the first time we tried collaboration across three countries, so-called "triangles".
[09. November 2021]

City Climate Projects
Exciting new City Climate publications by students have been completed and posted on dontwastemy.energy! Some are still ongoing!  [February 08 2021]

New menu dontwastemy.energy!
The number of environmental & technical contributions from students has grown to over 150! This and the increase in collaborations have prompted us to completely rebuild the navigation structure. The focus is now on topics such as "Climate", "Recycling", etc.  
[February 08 2021]

Collaborations 2020/21 are underway
Students, teachers and experts from India, Belgium, Switzerland and – in the clarification process – Basque Country, individual teams from Pakistan, Canada and Dubai are collaborating! The main topic is "City climate & city trees".

News II

"The Horse" concept gets attention!
We are pleased to present "The Horse":
ffu-pee article (pdf, page 15 [de])
Movetia website (movetia.ch, in 4 lang) ffu-eep (ffu-pee.ch) FachFrauen Umwelt represents the interests of women who are professionally involved in environmental issues.   Movetia (movetia.ch) is the national (Switzerland) agency for the promotion of exchanges and mobility in the education system.

"The Horse" certs
Issuing awards is an idea we already had, time is come to do it. A student asked for a certificate for her collaborative project to attach it to her application for a university.

KoBoToolbox (kobotoolbox.org)
We used the toolbox for the first time for the "Food & climate" projects in our "Food App" (sway.office.com) for data collecting. We like to integrate the tool deeper in "The Horse" concept. Next we will use it in the "Tree App". "The Horse" uses now an "unlimited" account for "Humanitarian Organizations" which is provided by the UN OCHA Services (humanitarianresponse.info), thx!
[November 03 2020]

Press release July 2020
"The Horse" concept (pdf) [July 23 2020]

Finished projects & Moodle
- A lot of student' projects are completed!
- There is now a "Horse-Moodle" available for use, further information
[April 08 2020]]

Testimonials "food & climate" projects 2019/20
Interviews via Skype with the teachers Ann, Mary, Praveena from Belgium and India and the students Lars and Dharany from Switzerland about their current project experiences and "The Horse" concept. Further information on the projects can be found on the association's website. [Dezember 22 2019]

didacta DIGITAL Workshops
Our association "The ! association" is invited to present "The Horse" concept at the didacta DIGITAL Swiss in Basel (11/28/19 - 11/30/19) [November 15 2019]

News III

Collaborations across three continents! Belgium, India, Switzerland and South Africa - 110 students, 7 teachers and experts are collaborating. The topic is "food and climate" and with the help of a "food app", daily food is recorded and can later be used for projects and research. [October 4 2019]

A new Knowledge Pool with over 3000 categorized articles and pages and a full text search gives students and teachers access to previously acquired knowledge and documents in a closed area. [August 2019]

"THE ! association" (The Horse Education) Our association got a first version of the website (the-horse.education). [August 2019]

We have changed the domain save-energy.tips to dontwastemy.energy – so it matches better the website motto "don’t waste my energy!" There were more than 3800 visitors in the month of March'19! Some infos and website statistics »
[April 20 2019]

befter (before and after the experience). We invented and tried out a new experimental concept to acquire knowledge and skills and perform projects, we name it «befter», before & after the experience.
Already realized befter projects »
More about the befter concept »
The Bournemouth Showcase » (befters) of the partner class from Belgium
[February 26 2019]

"The Horse" association founded, September 09 2018, our website: the-horse.education

Presentation/Workshop (teacher training) at PH Luzern, CAS bilingual education in vocational training, August 14 2018

Project website: save-energy.tips is now a PWA (Progressive Web App)

Presentation of "The Horse" concept at Movetia Konferenz May 16 2018

Project «Z.B.» (Zurich.Berlin.): Students of the business school wkvw and the «Lette Verein Berlin» develop contributions together, read more »

Quick Box: Our Research-Box is now available on "The Horse" and the project website, infos Quick Box »

New Webserver: save-energy.tips has a brand new home, details here »

Last updated May 31 2022, dfe

We presented "The Horse" concept at the following cantonal and national meetings:

Idea & Concept

Simple ways and an open architecture, adapted to the requirements and level/skills of the teachers and students.
Factsheet (pdf)
Overview "The horse" (pdf)

Basics & methods

Active learning and self-responsibility. bili, CLIL, IDAF (save-energy.tips),
Competencies MBA ZH (pdf),
Kant. Lehrplan BM ZH (pdf)

Infrastructure & costs

Through the consequent application of Cloud-services (Azure) the costs for the infrastructure and the running costs are inexpensive. They are customized to the exact requirements. Overview Infrastructure (pdf)


Transferring of knowledge and experiences, application of various media, realization of projects in teams, publicize and propagate contributions (IG, Twitter, FB), paperless up to 100%, knowledge pool for future users and much more.

Projects & experiences

befterbefore and after the experience , a new method for collaborative projects in 7 steps.
:: Previous project topics:
Energy 2015/16 :: where2where 2016/17 :: ZürIzmir projects 2017/18 (Zürich Izmir) :: Scenarios Z.B. 18 :: Befter 18/19 ::
:: Project topics overview, since 2015/16
:: Student teams since the beginning

Possibilities & outlook

The "The horse" concept is suitable for both teachers/instructors/coaches and learners/students. New digital media can be tried out and applied under "genuine conditions". There are countless possible variations.

Eliane Suter

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